Leaking Tanker Truck Causes Lengthy Evacuations Near Carnegie
A leaking tanker truck on Noblestown Road in Collier Township has forced nearby residents to evacuate and PennDOT to close the Carnegie interstate exit. Residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly before 6 p.m.
A leaking tanker truck on Noblestown Road near Carnegie forced nearby residents and workers to evacuate the area for nearly seven hours Wednesday.
Collier police stopped the tanker truck, which was leaking an unknown fuel, around 11 a.m. Wednesday as it was heading into Carnegie near the Interstate 79 exit, Kirwan Heights fire Chief Mark Lewis said. The chemical was removed from the tanker and the road was reopened around 5:45 p.m.
The problem forced the evacuation of nearby homes in Collier’s Cubbage Hill neighborhood and PennDOT closed the Carnegie exit of I-79. Lewis said the industrial park across from the roadway, which is in Scott Township, was also evacuated.
Hazardous material crews were at the scene to transfer what was left of the chemical into a new truck. Lewis said they weren't sure what the truck was carrying, so they took extra precautions at the scene.
“They got the whole cavalry out right now,” Lewis said during the evacuations.